Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “mess around”

mess around

(UK also mess about)
verb uk phrasal verb with mess   /mes/ us  

(SPEND TIME)

C1 informal to spend time doing various things that are not important, without any particular purpose or plan: They spend their weekends messing around on their boat. My brother likes messing around with computers. He spent the day with friends, just messing about.

(ACT STUPIDLY)

to behave in a stupid or annoying way: Stop messing about and listen to me!
(Definition of mess around from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of mess around?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “mess around” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

wave

to raise your hand and move it from side to side as a way of greeting someone, telling someone to do something, or adding emphasis to an expression

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More